Nigerian healthcare workers are making progress in the vaccination process of the population despite refusal by some sections in the country. ayokinews.com reports
Amongst the sections, is a fulani community in the capital, Abuja, known to have earlier refused to take the COVID-19 vaccine despite persuasions, left health workers in awe after making a change to get vaccinated.
Due to the propagation of erroneous information, vaccine apprehension/refusal has been significant in the Fulani community.
Example set by President Muhammadu Buhari, who is a Fulani man and has been immunized is being used as a point of reference by the health workers.
“We have been visiting these people (in the past) to collect the vaccine. They refused. But now today we came to their aid to tell them that the President is of their tribe. As Fulani, he has received (the jab) and it’s (been) shown in the media – which everyone has seen. We now use it as a strategy to tell other Fulani here that they have to collect this vaccine. But luckily enough today we have vaccinated so far many people in this camp,” an health worker, Ahmed Jamiu said.
Ibrahim Al-Hassan, 47, a cattle herder, was among those who changed their minds about being vaccinated after first rejecting.
“COVID-19 vaccine is good – I have taken the vaccine together with my wife and my brother, I’m calling on all Fulani people to come out and take the vaccine. The vaccine is good”, Ibrahim said.
By the end of February, Nigerian health authorities want to have vaccinated more than a quarter of the population.
Only around 4% of the population has received vaccinations thus far. Nigeria has a population of 206 million people according to estimates.